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A devotee prays at the tomb of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Pakistan. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Who are the Sufis and why does ISIS see them as threatening?

Around the world, Muslims and non-Muslims celebrate Sufi saints and gather together for worship in their shrines, offering an example of pluralism. But groups such as IS oppose this.
The lyrical beauty of Arabic inspired many poets, writers. Land Rover MENA

What’s missing in the teaching of Islam

The teaching of Islam is often limited to its religious practice. How Christians, Jews and Muslims borrowed freely from each other in the realm of art, music, and literature is seldom discussed.
Religious verses were originally answers to problems that occurred within the social and political contexts of the time. Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters

Islamic religious texts must be read in context to understand blasphemy

To avoid misguided use of sacred texts, religious believers should understand the context in which the texts appeared the first time.

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